Water, water everywhere?
Did you know mulch on your garden reduces evaporation by 73%?
- Install a water tank. To avoid having to use a pump from a water tank, install the tank at a high point in the garden or on a stand. If a pump is needed make sure it is solar powered. Regulations for installing water tanks vary from council to council. It is therefore essential that before you purchase anything you check with your local council and water authority.
- Consider a grey water system. Grey water treatment systems are hot on the heels of water tank popularity! Reusing grey water is a great way to save and reuse household waste water. They do however require some maintenance and a commitment from you and your family to change what goes down the drain as household chemicals can harm the soil if you use grey water on your garden. To make sure you’re using safe chemical products at home visit the save water website.
- Maintain your water tank. Keeping your tank in shipshape order is largely a matter of cleaning away vegetation from gutters. If you have gutters with leaf guards, your job is largely done for you! You will also have to clean sludge out from the tank every couple of years, which you can hire a professional to do.
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